Class of ’66 Turns Age 66
Have you noticed that the high school class of 1966 turns age 66 this year? I have since I turned 66 this month and I graduated in 1966. That’s like 46 years, a lifetime ago.
Ann taught me the value of living in the present and looking forward to the future, which is fine with me since I am not much on looking back anyway.
Age 65 Was Good
Being 65 this past year was fine. No one has to fear turning 65.
It was little strange getting my Medicare card in the mail. It felt like getting that AARP membership at age 50 did but both have been a benefit not a hindrance. The United Healthcare Advantage Medicare plan worked fine and I didn’t even have to change my primary doctors. Insurance is always a hassle to deal with no matter what.
Retirement activities that I enjoyed this year include blogging, took two cruises, traveled some, went to two AARP LifeAt50+ events in Atlanta and Boston, served on the activity committee of Park Place Active Adult Center, played Bocce two times a week, used my Just Fitness Gym membership, became a member of a dance club, regular lunches and dinners with my friends, expanded my medals collection, read more books, was a regular member of the Park Place Pacers a walking club, won some medals in the local area Golden Games including the gold in the half mile walk and silver in Bocce and bought a house in an active adult community that we will move to one day. Enjoyed going to our local listening room for concerts, but this is enough, you get the idea! Oh yeah, Mary Ann and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.
Looking Forward to Age 66
So July first I started receiving my spousal social security benefits letting my own social security benefits increase by 8% per year until I start taking them at age 70. Yes you can do that. Well that was a good start.
Looking forward this year to continuing my passion with my retirement job at Retirement Media, have two cruises booked later this year, planning to go to IdeasAt50+ event in San Diego in September, will be doing some retirement communities visits and reviews this Summer starting with a 3 night visit to Sun City Carolina Lakes near Charlotte later this month, and send my application off to participate in the Georgia Golden Olympics in September and if I qualify plan to go to the National Senior Games in Minneapolis next July. Plus I plan to do a lot of the fun things I did this year. One thing about retirement is that you can change your plans anytime you want, so who knows what will be coming my way.
Just like my life has gotten better after 30, 40, then 50, I am have an optimistic feeling for 65+ because I am having the time of my life.